Republicans are previewing their attacks on Washington County commissioner Larry Maggi, now that the Democrat is trying to unseat US Rep. Tim Murphy of Upper St. Clair.
One of Maggi's first moves upon taking office in 2004 was siding with fellow commissioner Bracken Burns to approve a 3.9 mill property tax increase. Says National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Nat Sillin:
“Make no mistake, if Larry Maggi voted to increase property taxes by 22 percent during his first weeks as a county commissioner, what’s to say he wouldn’t try to raise taxes again during his first weeks in Congress? Maggi may appear to have his talking points down, but if elected, he’ll just be a rubber-stamp for more of the job-crushing Obama policies - like raising taxes - that have hurt Western Pennsylvanians."